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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Salmonflies
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

Ventral view of a Hydropsyche (Hydropsychidae) (Spotted Sedge) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
With a bit of help from the microscope, this specimen keys clearly and unsurprisingly to Hydropsyche.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Landscape & scenery photos from Clearwater Mountains

Beginning of Alpine Creek

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Wild geranium. I'm not sure how to tell which species this is within the genus Geranium, but Geranium erianthum is common in Alaska, so that may be it.

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Beautiful mountain valley where I got my caribou in 2012.

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Bull caribou walking away

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Where are chest waders when you need them?

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Crossing a tributary of Windy Creek. My waterproof leather boots & Kuiu gaiters kept my feet dry here, but I had less luck in the thigh-deep holes of whitewater in rain-swollen Windy Creek itself a couple hours later.

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
Beginning of Alpine Creek. Alpine Creek starts at the lake outlet in the bottom of this picture.

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Denali Highway back in view after hiking 19 miles.

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South Fork Pass Creek valley panorama

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Looking up toward the pass we had to go through to start our second day hiking.

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Carrying a heavy load.

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Panoramic view of the mile-wide shoulder of a tundra ridge with a little valley in the middle.

From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska
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